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Head lice

WE ALREADY have to worry about shrinking seats and disappearing legroom, no overhead compartment space, annoying passengers, bad food and the horrors inside the lavatory. And now experts are warning of a new menace on flights: head lice. Yes — irritating, contagious, creepy-crawly head lice. Dr Sharon Wong, a consultant …

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Bali tourists warned

WARNING: Graphic content. MORE than a million Australians flock to this holiday hotspot every year, but few are aware of the extent of its sickening underbelly. And now there are fears that the health and safety of tourists is at risk on the streets of Indonesia due to the country’s …

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Morocco

WARNING: Graphic images A MUM has spoken of her horror after her two young sons were left with painful chemical burns after getting henna tattoos on holiday. Toni Feeney, 30, was enjoying a family getaway to Morocco when her children asked if they could get a Spider-Man web and a …

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DVT

IT DOESN’T matter if you’re fit or unfit, male or female, wedged in cattle-class or sitting in the pointy end of a plane. We need to talk about deep vein thrombosis (DVT). You’ve probably heard of it. You might’ve glanced at something about it on the back of an aeroplane …

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Thailand motorbike death

NICOLE Fitzsimons would never have hopped on a motorbike without a helmet back home in Australia. But in the tropical paradise of Koh Samui in Thailand, where it seems like nothing could possibly go wrong, she did. It’s just what tourists do. The sports journalist, 24, was in Thailand with …

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Shark attacks

A SURFER has become the 12th person to be attacked by a shark in Australia this year, escaping with bite marks to his leg after hitting the surf on Monday morning at Broken Head, in northern New South Wales. It’s become the most dangerous stretch of coastline in the country …

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Cairns

IF YOU’RE planning a trip to Cairns any time soon, pack your bug spray. Scientists are releasing swarms of adult aegypti mosquitoes infected with Wolbachia bacteria, in a bid to increase the city’s resistance to viruses such as dengue and Zika. Eliminate Dengue’s Andrew Turley told the Cairns Post the …

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Travel warnings

THIS week’s terrorist attack at Istanbul’s main airport may make many travellers jittery as they prepare for a European summer getaway. And who can blame them, following attacks in Paris, at the Brussels airport and elsewhere around the world? DFAT is advising Aussie travellers to exercise a high degree of …

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